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Charles Peacock

‘Response to the Land’
Charles was born and brought up in England. In 1966 he came to Montreal to study at McGill University. On graduating he returned to England and began a teaching career. At that time he also took up painting as a hobby, although the demands of work limited his output. In 1982 he moved to Quebec with his family and took a post teaching English at Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, and in 1997 moved to Victoria, B.C. to become Headmaster of Glenlyon-Norfolk School and later of Christ Church Cathedral School. He kept on painting. In 2010 he retired and returned to the Eastern Townships and since then he has devoted much more time to his painting. He now lives near Fitch Bay.
Landscape has always been important to him, having been brought up on a farm in England in the area of the Suffolk/Essex borders, unofficially known as Constable country after the famous 19th century landscape painter, John Constable, who lived and worked in that area. A large factor in deciding to return to Quebec from Vancouver Island was the landscape of the Eastern Townships which he had come to love and which reminded him of rural East Anglia where he grew up. He often spent holidays on the Lower St. Lawrence and near Percé, and the landscape of the Lower St. Lawrence and the Gaspé Peninsula has also worked its way into his paintings. He finds inspiration in the varying colours of the changing seasons, the subtle variations of light and the breath-taking views of hills, lakes and forests in the local area. His son, Tobin, lives on the coast of Maine, where the seascapes, bays and islands also find their way into his work.
As well as this exhibition at Le Vieux Forgeron, Charles has exhibited at the North Hatley Library, the Metchosin Community House in Victoria, The Georgeville Gallery, Uplands Museum in Lennoxville, and as a member of the Festival des Arts in the Fitch Bay Municipal Hall.

 

‘Répondre au Paysage’
Charles est né et a été élevé en Angleterre. En 1966 il étudie à l’université McGill de Montréal. Après sa graduation il retourne en Angleterre pour entreprendre sa carrière d’enseignant. C’est là qu’il commence à faire de la peinture, mais les exigences de son métier l’empêchent d’y consacrer beaucoup de temps. En 1982 il retourne au Québec avec sa famille ayant accepté un poste enseignant l’anglais à Bishop College School de Lennoxville. En 1997 il déménage à Victoria pour devenir directeur de Glenlyon-Norfolk School et ensuite directeur de Christ Church Cathedral School. Pendant tout ce temps il peint. En 2010 il prend sa retraite et retourne au Québec pour vivre à Fitch Bay. Depuis, il se dévoue à son art d’avantage.
Le paysage a toujours été important pour lui ayant été élevé sur une ferme en Angleterre dans la région des frontières des Cantons de Essex et Suffolk connue sous le nom de “Constable Country”, après le peintre important du 19ième siècle, John Constable, qui travaillait et vivait dans la région. C’est le paysage de l’Estrie qu’il aime et lui rapelle le paysage de son enfance et pourquoi il y reviens toujours. Il a passé plusieurs vacances dans le bas du St Laurent et proche de Percé, régions qui se voient souvent représentées dans ses tableaux. Il est inspiré par les couleurs variantes des saisons, la subtilité des contrastes de lumière, les panoramas à vous couper le souffle. Son fils, Tobin, habite sur la côte du Maine, où les scènes de mer, baies et îles se retrouvent parfois dans ces oeuvres.
En plus de l’exposition au Vieux Forgeron, Charles a présenté son travail à la Bibliothèque de North Hatley, le Centre Communautaire de Metchosin à Victoria, Le Studio Georgeville, le Musée Uplands à Lennoxville et en tant que membre du festival des Arts Georgeville-Fitch Bay.

 

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